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October 2015

Iowa Valley Habitat For Humanity Restore - Iowa City

Habitat RestoreThe ReStore is a 10,000 square foot treasure chest filled with new and used building and housing materials. Anyone, regardless of income, can purchase materials (anything from paint and nails to cabinets, applianes and furniture) all at affordable prices. Maybe someone else in the Iowa City area has donated just what you need to complete the project you’re working on now. All you need to do is come in and take a look around.

With this service, our community benefits in several ways. One, ReStore’s proceeds support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. Two, with a little carpentry skill, everyone can have a home or business to admire. And three, our services essentially recycle materials that might have otherwise been sent to our local landfill.

Contact Us

Find us:
2401 Scott Blvd SE Iowa City, IA 52240



Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Cedar Rapids

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in Linn County at the IDOT rest area along I-380, approximately ½ mile north of the Johnson County line. The site is within the City of Cedar Rapids limits. City staff will coordinate with IDOT staff for the removal of trees at this site. The EAB is an exotic beetle whose larvae embeds and destroys the inner bark of ash trees. Since the beetle’s arrival in the U.S in 2002, the City of Cedar Rapids has implemented a multi-year plan to prepare for a potential EAB infestation. The City has already removed approximately 1,500 declining public ash trees. The City stopped planting ash trees in 2005 in an effort to reduce the population and the impacts of an infestation, and has worked on replanting a more diverse stock of trees. These actions taken in advance will mean fewer trees to remove or replace, and reduce the impacts felt by an infestation. In addition, the City will chemically treat 1,200-1,900 of the best-quality ash trees, per year, on City property in an effort to save them. Residents are responsible for ash trees on their personal property. They have the option of treating infested ash trees, but it requires continual treatment for the life of the tree, and may not guarantee a tree’s survival. Trees with storm damage or other safety concerns will need to be removed, regardless of treatment. Information on treatment options can be found on the City’s website: The public can help limit the spread of EAB by using and purchasing local firewood only, as a key factor in the spread of the beetle is human activity. Ash is one of the most abundant native tree species in North America. According to the USDA Forest Service, Iowa has an estimated 52 million rural ash trees and approximately 3.1 million more ash trees in urban areas. Cedar Rapids has approximately 10,000 public ash trees. For more information on Emerald Ash Borer: •The Emerald Ash Borer Information website is: •The Department of Natural Resources: •The Iowa State University Extension Service website is:

Domestic Violence Intervention Program - Iowa City

DVIPIn today’s society, domestic violence is widely known to be one of the greatest physical dangers to women. Women, men and children are murdered each year and the risk of child abuse is much greater in households where domestic violence occurs. Responding to domestic violence is critical and requires a community-wide effort. Support for victims of domestic violence and their loved ones is available in Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Keokuk, Van Buren and Washington Counties through the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) began in 1977, providing direct service support to more than 28,000 women, men and children during the past two decades. In one year DVIP will answer approximately 18,000 crisis/phone calls and provide more than 8000 nights of safe shelter to approximately 400 women and children.

The DVIP is founded on the belief that everyone has the right to live free of fear and harm.


All services free and confidential

Serving Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Van Buren & Washington counties

1105 S Gilbert Court  Iowa City, IA 52240



WineStyles Tasting Station

WinestylesWelcome to the Coralville WineStyles Tasting Station where we do things a bit differently.

Choose from hundreds of wines and craft beers that have been sorted for you by style and taste, which complement our selection of handcrafted chocolates, organic teas, artisanal cheeses and gourmet food.

Great wines don't need to be expensive. Whether you're looking for an amazing $10-$25 bottle of wine or a unique gift, we strive to create the best shopping experience in town. Check back regularly for opportunities to Taste, Learn and Enjoy® at events and weekly tastings, in addition to our latest product offers and promotions.


WineStyles - Iowa River Landing
920 East 2nd Avenue
Coralville, IA 52241



Lovewell Fence & Deck

Lovewell Fence and DeckLovewell Fence & Deck is Eastern Iowa’s premier installer of beautiful, durable, low maintenance outdoor products. Established in 1973, Lovewell is a family owned and operated business. Over the past 30 years Lovewell has made it our mission to provide our customers with exceptional value. This focus has helped us grow to be the largest fence company in Iowa. We now service the Quad City, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Geneseo, Galesburg and Kewanee areas.

Today, to better serve our diverse customer base, Lovewell operates four divisions: Residential, Commercial, Highway, and Wholesale Products.


Create the backyard you and your family have been dreaming of.

Lovewell is the Quad Cities’ premier installer of beautiful, durable, low maintenance outdoor living products.


Lovewell Fencing has been a trusted source of commercial and industrial fencing for over 30 years. Whether you are building a new baseball diamond or designing a maximum security correctional facility, Lovewell can assist you in every step of the process.

Lovewell Fencing is a full service provider. We specialize in:

  • Commercial & Industrial Chain Link
  • Ornamental Steel and Aluminum
  • Access Control & Automated Gates
  • Electric Barrier Fence
  • Barbed Wire and Razor Ribbon
  • Custom Steel and Aluminum Cantilever Slide Gates
  • Temporary Construction Fence


Lovewell Fencing sells and installs a wide assortment of guardrails and barrier devices. We work with county and municipal engineers, architects, general contractors, departments of transportation and home owners to design and build a system to meet your needs. We specialize in the following:

  • New and Used Material Only Sales
  • Traditional Steel Beam Guard Rails
  • High Tension Cable Systems
  • Low Tension Cable Systems
  • Bridge Rail, Parapets & Fencing
  • Wood Guard Rail
  • Impact Attenuators
  • Parking lot Dividers/Barriers
  • Specialized Agricultural Confinement

Our estimators are happy to help with designs, specifications and project quotes.

Wholesale Products

All of our professional grade materials are available for sale to homeowners and/or their contractor of choice.

Contact Us

(563) 391-7025
21060 Holden Drive
Davenport, IA 52806



Johnson County Board of Supervisors asked the wrong question

Instead of asking area businesses and city councils, "What can we do to help people get out of minimum wage jobs?" - the all-democrat board of supervisors has forced - not worked WITH, but forced - the issue of falsely inflating wages on area communities and businesses.  Is that good government, or heavy-handed government?  ~ Mike Thayer

Do we need signs next to the signs?

Gun free zoneThose gun free zones signs aren't working.  Do we need signs that read, "Do not ignore the gun free zone sign" to be posted next to the gun free zone signs, to make sure the nut cases obey?  Maybe the liberals will propose free reading glasses for loonies because clearly, they just didn't see the sign.....

~ Matthew Conklin, Des Moines

Willowwind School

WillowwindImagine a classroom where children are engaged in animated discussions, where multi-age groups work together to create a science project, where partners interview each other for a writing assignment, where learning takes place outside of the building as well as inside. All of this and more happen at Willowwind School both in our Montessori-style preschool as well as in our Kindergarten through Sixth grade classrooms.

Willowwind School uses small class sizes to tailor instruction for students. Differentiated instruction provides support for each student's individual needs. Rigorous academic offerings include Singapore math, hands-on science, and Spanish. Art and music are part of a strong arts tradition at our school. Willowwind's interdisciplinary approach enables students to learn at a conceptual level. Experienced teachers engage students in meaningful instruction interacting with curriculum that is both relevant and challenging.

At Willowwind School, learning is accomplished through membership in a community. Classes are multi-age and students and teachers work together to form cross-grade partnerships in a caring, purposeful community of learners.

950 Dover Street | Iowa City, IA 52245 | 319.338.6061 |


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